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ginqueen Feb 17, 2007 07:49 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions for good guides to home brewing? It seems like there are a zillion websites and books out there. I am a novice and just want a good, basic guide. Thanks!

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    The Chemist Nov 14, 2008 08:46 AM

    There is a good eats episode on beer which would probably qualify as the most simple (but somewhat incomplete) introduction possible. You can find it by searching for 'good eats beer' on google video.

    Some of the things that Alton does are not strictly correct, but it's a good place to start.

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    1. re: The Chemist
      ozbuc Nov 23, 2008 01:32 PM

      I believe that episode is titled amber waves

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        The Chemist Nov 24, 2008 06:18 AM

        I think so, yes.

        I used it as a template for my first batch, only with different yeast hops, and malt types. It turned out well. Probably the biggest no-no he makes is boiling the spent malted barely for an hour. Although, I didn't notice any off flavors from this when I did it.

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      rockfish42 Nov 13, 2008 07:41 PM

      The most important thing is to find one set of instructions and stick to them for the first time. If you try to combine nine different opinions you'll end up with a mess. The best bet if you don't want to buy a book is to go to your local homebrew store, they should give you a good start.

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        mjlasalle Nov 10, 2008 08:10 PM

        There are a lot of brewing books, and I have read quite a few, but the best one I have found is How To Brew Beer: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time, by John J Palmer(http://locatereviews.com/2063860821). If you have a chance, also take a look at my blog at www.howtobrewbeerblog.com.

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          Tom from Raleigh Feb 20, 2007 09:42 AM

          I started with New Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Papazian and now own quite a few books on the subject. I recently re-read parts of Joy and I was surprised by how much I liked the writing. Papazian's mantra of "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew." is sage advice.

          I also really like Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher. It approaches the topic from an artistic perspective. Many homebrewers like the techy details, not me. Otherwise I rec Palmer's book.

          If you're just starting out, join a homebrewing club and attend a meeting you'll have fun and taste a lot of homebrew gaining perspective.

          1. suttonh Feb 20, 2007 06:49 AM

            I've brewed with Miller's "Brewing the World's Great Beers" for more than a decade before moving on. Miller has a detail-oriented step by step approach that I happen to like. Some prefer the more laid-back Papazian approach. Miller leads you from extract brewing to all grain, easing you along with intermediate brewing techniques. Similary you begin with brewing that relies on minimal special equiptment. As you grow in your brewing technique, so grows your equiptment. If you like the geekier approach, the next book you need is "Designing Great Beers" which takes obessiveness to a new level. Good luck.

            I agree with the howtobrew.com website too.


            1. evans Feb 20, 2007 06:17 AM

              The classic book which has inspired thousands of homebrewers is Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Home Brewing. It has been updated recently & is still a great resource.

              Also check out the American Homebrewing Assoc. website http://beertown.org


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                LStaff Feb 19, 2007 06:29 AM

                This online (or book if you want to buy it) resource has been used and reccommended by many a homebrewer:


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                  Diana Feb 17, 2007 08:19 AM


                  A good place to start. Oldest Homebrew club in the nation!

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